Thursday, January 15, 2009

Endgame:Pryor v Montany

An interesting endgame was played between young Jamieson Pryor and Eric Montany in round two of the Markowski.

Pryor,Jamieson - Montany,Eric
Markowski (Round 2), 14.01.2009

A game fragment. Appearances can be deceiving, I thought White had the edge in this endgame but Black is actually winning in this position! 49...Ke8 Diagram

50.Rxb7 Ne7+ 51.Kh6 Diagram

[51.Kg5?? or any King retreat to the fifth rank is met by 51...Rf5+; 51.Kh7 Rf7+ 52.Bg7 d4 53.Rb3 d3 54.Rxd3 Nf5 winning] 51...Nc6 52.Bg7 Diagram

[52.Kg7 Rf2] 52...Rf7 53.a6 Nd8 [53...d4! 54.Kg6 Ne7+ 55.Rxe7+ Rxe7 56.Bxd4 e5 57.Be3 Re6+ 58.Kf5 Rxa6 59.Kxe5 Kd7 Analysis Diagram


with a problematical win for Black] 54.Rxf7 [54.Rb8 Rd7 55.Bd4 Kf7 is good for Black] 54...Kxf7 55.b4 Nc6 56.b5 Diagram

56...Ke7! This excellent move saves the game! 57.bxc6 Kd6 58.Bd4 Kxc6 59.Bxa7 Kb5 60.Kg6 Kxa6 61.Bd4 Kb5 62.Kf6 Kc4 63.Ke5 Diagram


Both players are to be congratulated for a fine fighting performance!

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